Desiring relief from what seemed to be an intense sense...

Desiring relief from what seemed to be an intense sense of resentment and hatred, I turned to a dear friend whom I knew to be a student of Christian Science, and asked if it were possible to be relieved of the distressed mental condition into which I had voluntarily or involuntarily plunged headlong. Somewhat incredulous and yet with an honest desire for help I heard the answer, "Yes, through the study of the Christian Science textbook, together with the Bible, and the conscientious application of the rules of divine Principle taught therein, you can be healed." This answer I have since learned was to change my whole outlook and future to one of harmonious unfoldment. So with the assurance of this friend, in whose comprehension I had great trust, I proceeded honestly to do as I had been bidden.

The progress at times seemed very slow, but little by little the desire for revenge subsided and I felt a certain sense of freedom; but there came a testing time, when I actually had to put into practice what I had learned, and much to my surprise and chagrin I seemed overwhelmed once more. During this time I had also learned of the services rendered by Christian Science Reading Rooms; and when my need became extreme I went immediately to the nearest one and without hesitation opened Science and Health to page 48 and read these quoted words of Jesus: "'Put up thy sword.'" The effect was instantaneous. I literallly and figuratively gave up my weapons of malice, revenge, and hate, and adopted the weapons of Truth. My thought became animated with the desire to respond henceforth to that compassionate and unyielding rebuke of the Master. Oh, how he loved! So I was healed through the understanding which Christ Jesus gave to me of God as Love, and my relationship to God became clearer. Today, and through many years, there has never been entertained any temptation to hate anyone, but instead an ever increasing desire to learn more of Love, and to love mankind as Jesus did. Truly that which he giveth is "a well of water springing up into everlasting life."

For many years previous to this experience I had been an ardent user of tobacco and had indulged in liquor, though not habitually. This continued during part of the period occupied with the above healing, and so naturally and completely was I released from this bondage that it was three or four days before I recognized that the desire for their use had left me. No sense of loss was present, but a joyous feeling of exaltation because I had touched the Christ-garment. After this there remained no doubt of the presence of Love, Life, Truth. Verily I had found that "love is the fulfilling of the law."

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Testimony of Healing
Christian Science is the greatest blessing that ever came...
August 12, 1933

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